It was recently announced that The FA Council has agreed for Temporary Dismissals (Sin-Bins) to be introduced for all leagues and clubs at Step 5 and below, following a 2 year pilot.
The aim is to decrease dissent and improve the match day experience and to support the RESPECT programme.
We have put together a handy information guide to highlight how the process is to work ahead of the 2019/2020 season.
Pilot Scheme Results
- 38% reduction in Dissent across all leagues
- A reduction on dismissals for receiving a 2nd caution in a game and Abusive Language
Survey carried out to obtain feedback from users (1400 users)
- 72% of Players wanted to continue with Sin Bins
- 77% of Managers/Coaches wanted to continue with Sin Bins
- 84% of Referees wanted to continue with Sin Bins
A SKY survey showed that the 1 major change referees requested to be brought in was Sin Bins
Current use has shown that Players self-police Dissent as they wish to play with a full squad.
Q. Will the Referee working on their own be able to control the Sin Bin Period?
A. Yes if they follow the correct Procedure
Q. Can a Temporary Dismissed player warm up?
A. Yes – Want to avoid injury and the purpose of the Sin Bin is to remove from play
Q. What happens if the Team go down to less than 7 players as a result of a Temporary Dismissal?
A. If at any time a team goes under 7 players for any reason – the game will be abandoned
Match Day Process
Period in Sin Bin is:
- 10 minutes for all matches of 90 minutes
- 8 minutes for all other matches
- 5 minutes for youth matches that are 2 x 25 minutes
- Remember – No designated area: just back with management and subs
Period starts when play restarts
Referee includes any lost time
Where neutral assistants are appointed they assist with time keeping
- Referee has the final decision on when the player can return to play
- Does not need to be a stoppage in play – Referee will only allow player to return away from current action
- A Player in the Sin Bin cannot be substituted until the period has expired and not at all if all substitutes have been used
- If the period has not expired at the end of the 1st half, it continues during the 2nd half (or Extra Time)
- If It has note expired at the end of Extra Time and there are kicks from the penalty mark – the player can participate
Click the link below to access The FA Sin Bin training module
Get in touch
Referee Development Officer
T: 0191 3872928 (Option 2 then Option 6)